Generic Name(s): Hyoscyamine
Drug Class: Anticholinergic Drug
Treats: Spasms, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anaesthesia
Levbid is a medication used in the treatment of bowel symptoms, such as spasm and cramps, and it also used in the treatment of spasmodic bladder. The active ingredient of the drug is hyoscyamine, which works as an anticholinergic drug, blocking acetylcholine from binding to its receptor destination. Common side effects associated with Levbid include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and constipation.
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Levbid is a medicine used in the treatment of spasmodic problems, such as that which occurs in the gastrointestinal tract and the bladder. It may also be used in treating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and as an augmenting induction agent for general anaesthesia. The active ingredient of the medicine, hyoscyamine, is used because it blocks the effects of acetylcholine at its destination receptors. Levbid may also be used for indications not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- General Anaesthesia
Levbid, as with any other medicine, does not follow any fixed dose. There are, of course, recommended dosage regimens, but these regimens have exceptions. Patients may present with complicating factors such as age, co-administration of other medicines, and the presence of disease. Dosage may change at the discretion of the prescriber. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- 0.125 to 0.25mg to be taken orally or sublingually every 12 hours. No more than 12 tablets should be taken within a 24 hour period.
- 5 mcg/kg to be administered approximately 30-60 minutes prior to induction of anaesthesia.
Levbid Side Effects
As an anticholinergic drug, Levbid has the typical side effects associated with this particular class. Many of these side effects are listed below, though these lists are not intended to be exhaustive. Patients may experience mild to moderate side effects, but many of these effects subside with time. Patients who experience severe side effects while taking Levbid are advised to discontinue the medicine and to contact either their pharmacist or prescriber. Common side effects include:
- Dry Mouth
- Difficulty Urinating
- Sensitivity to Sunlight
Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Skin Rash
- Eye Pain
- Irregular Heartbeat
Levbid has many potential drug interactions and many of these can be found in the list below, though this list should not be taken to be complete. Patients are advised not to consume alcohol as this may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Levbid. Patients intending on taking additional medicine while on Levbid, including herbal remedies, must consult their doctor or pharmacist beforehand. Drugs that interact with Levbid include: